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Audi Showing Revamped TT RS in New York

Stand-out coupe gets a race-inspired makeover.

by on Apr.11, 2019

The 2019 Audi TT RS gets an exterior makeover as well as some technology updates.

In a bid to demonstrate that sports cars haven’t died, Audi plans to show off an updated version of TT RS at next week’s New York International Auto Show.

The refreshed 2019 TT RS features an aggressive new exterior with a matte black Singleframe grille with signature quattro script – now in matte titanium – in an effort to give the vehicle an even more dynamic look. The extra radiators located behind the honeycomb grille allow for improved cooling, while the TT’s wide stance is underscored by lateral air inlets that now extend to the front wheel wells.

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With a continuous front spoiler the car enjoys a lower, race car-like look. Meanwhile the redesigned fixed rear wing spoiler and large oval tailpipes convey the vehicle’s sporty DNA.

Full LED headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard on the 2019 TT RS and standard LED taillights with dynamic rear turn signals. Organic light-emitting diode rear taillights in a visually impressive 3D design are also available on 2019 TT RS.

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The TT RS also comes standard equipped with 19-inch five-arm design Audi Sport wheels in titanium matte finish with summer performance tires. A newly available Dynamic package includes 20-inch Audi Sport seven-spoke design forged wheels in titanium matte finish with summer tires, red brake calipers and a Sport exhaust system with black tips.

The TT RS is available in seven exterior colors. New for 2019 are Turbo Blue, Tango Red metallic, and Kyalami Green. The Audi exclusive program offers additional possibilities for even more customization.

Inside, the refreshed TT RS design package extends contrast stitch leather accents to the door armrests, center console and dash, adds red or blue highlights to air vents, seats and safety belts and includes RS floor mats.

In addition to the impressive aesthetics, the TT RS represents the Audi brand’s advancements for in-vehicle technology. The standard Audi virtual cockpit, an entirely digital instrument cluster with 3D graphics, transforms the way the driver interacts with vehicle displays such as the tachometer and speedometer as well as navigation.

(Click Here for our review of the 2019 Audi A6.)

Tech updates for 2019 include standard Audi phone box, which not only charges compatible smartphones wirelessly, but can also connect compatible phones with the vehicle’s antenna to help optimize signal.

Available Audi smartphone interface provides Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto integration, making smartphone. The Bang & Olufsen sound system provides an excellent sound experience on board with an output of 680 watts.

The 2.5-liter TFSI engine of the TT RS delivers the distinctive five-cylinder sound that is unmistakably Audi and harkens back to the original turbocharged five-cylinder, the Ur-quattro. The unique 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence, which allows the ignition to alternate between the adjacent cylinder and those further apart, gives the TT RS its own rhythm. Generating 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, the TT RS can sprint from 0-60 mph in class-leading 3.6 seconds.

The power of the 2.5-liter engine flows through a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission With the S tronic dual-clutch transmission, the TT RS also offers a launch control program that allows a heightened level of acceleration through precise engine speed and an automated clutch release.

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The standard quattro permanent all-wheel drive has the ability to send nearly 100% of available torque to the rear wheels, and a traction control system, specifically calibrated for the TT RS, manages distribution for optimal acceleration with minimal slip.

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